A digital repository is an electronic collection designed to capture and preserve the intellectual output of a single- or multi-university community. Digital repositories are rapidly developing at research institutions around the world and have many things in common, such as:
OpenDOAR maintains a directory of academic open access repositories.
The University of Maryland's digital repository is called DRUM (Digital Repository at the University of Maryland). DRUM captures, preserves, and provides access to the output of University of Maryland researchers, centers, and labs. Materials deposited in DRUM are indexed and made freely available over the web, promoting open access to the diverse body of research created by UM faculty and students.
Ready to deposit your work in DRUM? Here's how:
1) Visit DRUM at drum.lib.umd.edu and click Login in the column on the left.
2) Log in using your Directory ID and Directory Password (same as for other campus systems)
3) Use the button onscreen to Start a New Submission.
4) Select the collection for your department and follow the easy onscreen directions.
Alternatively, you can contact DRUM Help and we can deposit your documents.
Benefits of depositing your research in DRUM:
DRUM deposits are indexed in Google, Google Scholar, and other search engines and harvesters - both popular and more scholarly - making them highly visible to any web user.